You can now download and 3D print your very own (non functional) Honda concept car to 3D print and hold in your hands (depending upon scale at which you 3D print).
Whether it is the FSR Concept from 1994 or the Kiwami from 2003 you can own a very small piece of automotive history for the price of a 3D print.
There are 5 models available to download from Honda-3D and while this is not exactly a game changer for the automotive industry, it is indicative that 3D printing is front and center in their imagination (super ultra daydreams), if not their practice, yet.
So you design awesome stuff to 3D print with Shapeways, you understand the quirky Dutch sensibilities of practical solutions with a tinge of humor, you like orange, you want to visit New York City. Then we have the opportunity for you.
DIY is so 2010, why do everything yourself when all you really need to do is Design Your Own and the 3D printers will do the rest.
DYO is the latest customizable jewelry project from the good people at Matter Labs, behind Matter.IO.
Starting with five simple yet beautiful templates by entering you can customize the designs by entering text, a location, or a date to create a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one to be 3D printed on demand.
Buying gifts, especially for people you care about, is such a personal thing,” says co-founder and CEO Dylan Reid “but for the most part you’re stuck choosing between pretty generic, mass produced things.” You can buy handmade jewelry and crafts on sites like Etsy, “but what you really want to do is play a role in the design, even it’s small -- like leaving a little bit of yourself in the object.” says Reid.
So if you are looking to give a unique gift this Valentine's Day (or any day) but don't have the 3D modeling skills (yet) to make something truly awesome DYO may be the perfect way to win hearts this year.
And like all good things 3D printed DYO is powered by the Shapeways API.
Shapeways is excited to be partnering with the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Consulate General in NYC along with the quirky Dutch coolness of Kikkerland Design for the Dutch Design Competition USA 2014.
The ten top entries will be selected by a jury of design experts, 3D printed by Shapeways and go on display in NYC, the winning design will then have the possibility of being taken into manufacture by Kikkerland and the winner will be flown to NYC to be Shapeways Designer in Residence with all flights and accommodation included as part of the prize!
The Dutch government is looking for a new giveaway to distribute to their contacts in the United States, and is inviting designers to submit inventive, quirky and smart ideas for a functional and affordable small item inspired by Dutch Design (you do not have to be Dutch to enter).
“We’re opening up this competition to a wide range of people, whether they have decades of design experience or are a novice who designs as a hobby,” said Dutch Ambassador Rudolf Bekink. “We want to find a new giveaway item that everyone will know is distinctively Dutch the moment they see it.”
The Netherlands is defined by its innovative spirit and entrepreneurship in the arts and design industries. Creative ingenuity is an essential part of our nature. Being Dutch inherently means pushing boundaries when tackling problems. Like Americans, the Dutch value new ideas and enjoy exploring them. The Dutch have a history of cutting-edge arts and culture, and are known for their high commitment to quality and their pragmatic approach.
Shapeways recently worked with Autodesk and Dazed Digital to produce a series of 3D Print Creations using 123D Catch. Ana Rajcevic pushed the limits of what is possible to 3D printing (and the skills of our AMAZING post production team at Shapeways).
Starting with a sketch then a hand made model, Ana then 3D scanned the plaster model with 123D Catch which was then taken into Maya where 800 hair thin spikes were patterned around the form then 3D printed in Nylon in our factory in NYC.
Ana Rajcevic is an award winning fashion artist whose work spans sculpture and fashion design. Previous pieces have existed both as studio creations and as objects of contemplation within exhibition contexts, in Rajcevic's pursuit of objects that exist as “'fashion artefacts' in the truest sense”. This duality was brought to the fore explicitly with “Animal: The Other Side of Evolution”, a set of resin headwear that resemble hyperevolved extensions of human skeletal structures
Ever wanted a historic work of art but did not have the ready cash to purchase the original? 3D printing to the rescue once again thanks to a recent 3D scanning project by Cosmo Wenman entitled "Through A Scanner, Skulpturhalle."
"The Skulpturhalle Basel museum in Switzerland has an incredible collection of more than 2,000 high quality 19th and 20th century plaster casts of important ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. The Skulpturhalle has given me permission to 3D scan sculptures of my choosing..."
Now you can purchase 3D prints of Cosmo's high quality scans from his Shapeways shop and own a little piece of history, made with lasers!
At Shapeways we believe nothing is sexier than 3D printing, especially when we are 3D printing the snow angel outfit for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which airs tonight, December 10 at 10pm/9 Central on CBS.
Supermodel Lindsay Ellingson will be wearing the 3D printed outfit that was designed to exactly fit her body based on a 3D scan. The outfit includes a corset, wings and hat, each of the components is made from hundreds of snowflakes which interlock to move like a fabric or stand rigid to creat the sculptural angel wings. The entire outfit was 3D Printed in lightweight Nylon then encrusted with millions (yes millions) of Swarovski crystals then paired with Victoria's Secret lingerie. The overall effect is a glimmering, icy outfit that perfectly showcases the ability of 3D printing beautiful, complex forms.
Check out the video of Lindsay Ellingson modeling the 3D printed angel wings as a teaser for tonight's show.
Nervous System have just released a new Kinematics jewelry range coupled with a customization app to create unique 3D printed jewelry based on interlocking components. While this is a beautifully simple interface to create customized 3D printed jewelry, it is the potential for draping and compression to fit a large design within a small 3D printer build size when using a process such as Shapeways Selective Laser Sintering that really makes this an impressive application for 3D printing.
Kinematics is a system for 4D printing that creates complex, foldable forms composed of articulated modules.
The system provides a way to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure using 3D printing. Practically, Kinematics allows us to take large objects and compress them down for 3D printing through simulation. It also enables the production of intricately patterned wearables that conform flexibly to the body. Kinematics produces designs composed of 10’s to 1000’s of unique components that interlock to construct dynamic, mechanical structures.
Each component is rigid, but in aggregate they behave as a continuous fabric. Though made of many distinct pieces, these designs require no assembly. Instead the hinge mechanisms are 3D printed in-place and work straight out of the machine.
Above for example, you see a full scale dress design that would be far too large to fit into even our largest printer that can take parts up to 650x350x550mm in Nylon. By converting the structure into a series of self folding connections the entire dress could be compressed down to the smallest possible form (whilst maintaining enough distance so parts do not sinter together) and then be 3D printed in our EOS slective laser sintering 3D printer in one entire print. We would then unfurl the dress from the print build, air blast the excess Nylon powder out of the dress and it would be ready to wear.
This project evolved out of a collaboration with Motorola’s Advanced Technology and Projects group which challenged Nervous System to create in-person customization experiences for low cost 3D printers. The genesis of the project is discussed at length in The Making of Kinematics post on the Nervous System blog.
INSTANT COLLECTIBLE envisions a future design interface in which forms are spontaneously generated by a portable 3d scanner. A wide range of publicly accessible objects will be scanned from a variety of sources around the site of the Museum of Arts and Design, from local jewelry stores to museums, delis, and even the MAD itself, while the limitations of the scanning technology produces inevitable glitches and inaccurate forms. These glitches will be explored in the fabrication of interactive lighting systems & accessories. Scanning and replicating found items challenges contemporary notions of public space, copyright law, and material practice. Radical new technologies, including 3d printing, scanning, and visual recognition, are becoming available to the consumer public that are taking the practice of design away from desktop computer setups and into daily life.
You can check out scans as they start uploading them to their StudioBRAD Shapeways shop over the coming week.
Some of you may be subjecting you 3D prints to extreme forces like impact, sheer weight, constant flexing and maybe even a little heat, but have you ever wanted to know how hot you can go? Shapeways material tester Brandon has shared a video on his YouTube Channel heating Shapeways Nylon (WSF) 3D prints in mineral oil to deformation then melting point.
"To test I heated WSF in mineral oil and tested how it behaves at higher and higher temperatures. The material starts to soften at around 155-165C and starts to significantly deform and melt at around 170-180C."
The video runs for around 17 minutes but the good stuff (deformation) starts to occur around 155c at the 10:00 minute mark and total failure at around 15:00 minute mark at 170c.
Thanks again to Brandon for sharing, if you have an material torture tests please let us know in the comments on the blog. Below is some wet Nylon I tortured in the microwave
Presented by Duann Scott, the session will outline the major processes used in 3D printing such as SLS, SLA, FDM, Polyjet and more, explaining the process uses and limitations. We will also cover many of the materials commonly used in 3D printing such as Nylon, Acrylic, Stainless Steel, Ceramics etc. covering the material properties and design guidelines, how to optimize for the materials and what to avoid. We will also introduce some software, from 3D scanning and repair through to 3D modeling tools such as Rhino, Solidworks, Tinkercad, Meshmixer and the 123D suite.
This will not be a 'learn to 3d model session', but aimed at giving people an understanding of the materials and processes they are designing for.
Entry to the presentation is free with your MAD ticket, Thursday evening is 'pay what you wish' at the Museum after 6pm.
Bradley Rothenberg is who we turned to when Victoria's Secret
was looking for someone to help design and 3D print the Snow
Queen's costume for their annual fashion show. 3D printed in the Shapeways
factory in NYC and festooned with thousands of Swarovski crystals, the
fractal snowflake inspired costume is part of the finale of the parade
to be aired on the 10th of December on CBS (don't forget to tune in!).
We asked Bradley a few questions about the process and how he found
himself designing a costume for Victoria's Secret's Snow Queen.
Q: When Victoria's Secret first approached Shapeways with the concepts
they were looking to explore for the Snow Angels we saw the fractal
nature of the designs and knew they would be a perfect use of the
complexity possible with 3D printing. When they mentioned they were
looking for someone to 3D model the outfit we immediately though of you
with your background in using fractal algorithms in fashion design,
please tell us how you came to explore this from your training in
A: I was lucky enough to work with Vito Acconci whose work was centered
around the intersection of art, Design, & architecture -- this led
me to view architecture not just about the built environment, but
utilizing architectural systems throughout a range of scales, the body
being one of them. More specifically, my interest in fractals started
while at pratt: I was introduced to them while taking a studio with
Phillip Beesley, which led me to want to research more the different
form-making possibilities using fractal systems. This continued into my
thesis project at pratt, where we were looking at making
self-replicating spaces that changed based on a users needs -- Fractals
are a perfect system for this because of their self-similarity
throughout a range of scales. Recently, I collaborated with Gabi
Asfour, and threeASFOUR for their show MER KA BA, in which we were
really interested in the use of fractals to make interlocking textile's
using 3D prints.
Read on for more of the story and images that may be considered not safe for work in some instances (it is Victoria's Secret after all).
Just launched on Kickstarter is inkimals, a simple tool to help you color, scan and 3D print your own customized designer toys based on four playful templates by AMINIMAL Studio.
As well as the color and scan templates, AMINIMAL are seeking funding on Kickstarter to develop an interactive app so that you can tweak your character in 3D to perfect the awesomeness.
Your backing will help the to develop the software to make this app real and backers of $30 or more will get their inkimal in their hands, 3D printed by Shapeways in full color.
AMINIMAL Studio is a Brooklyn-based company focused on researching complex systems and emerging technologies as an approach to designing 21st century products.
Svetlana Blum Briscella and John Briscella are the creative minds behind AMINIMAL.
As designers and innovators, Svetlana and John have demonstrated 3D printing as a method for manufacturing high quality products for companies such as MakerBot, the MoMA Store and Shapeways. Their compilations of designs include the field test jewelry collection, the Makerbot Mixtape, the Makerbot Watch, overall design of the Makerbot store and the Shapeways sake set creator.
The position is for Thursday and Friday every week and the role involves interacting with visitors to the museum, explaining 3D printing processes, 3D scanning people and more. We are looking for someone with an understanding of 3D modeling and 3D printing that are comfortable working in a public space, speaking to people of all ages from around the world. The position runs through to April 20 2014 and there may be a chance for additional hours on the weekend.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter and resume. We are looking for someone to start straight away so send it through ASAP.